The Epicenter K Group (Kyiv) has invested UAH 3 billion in construction of the largest ceramic tile plant in Kalynivka (Kyiv region) and plans to launch the first phase in the middle of 2019, the founder of Epicenter K LLC Oleksandr Hereha said at a briefing. “We are developing our [white clay] quarry. We will fully use Ukrainian raw materials in the production of tiles… We also signed a second contract for the supply of equipment in Kalush, Lviv region, where we will build a second [ceramic tiles] plant,” he said.
According to Hereha, the SACMI international group acted as the anchor partner for the supply of equipment to the plant, which, in connection with the implementation of this project, decided to open an official representative office and service center in Ukraine.
The second phase of construction is scheduled for 2020.
“The production capacity of the first and second phases of the plant will amount to 6 million square meters of tiles per year, with the possibility of expanding it to 15 million square meters,” Deputy Director of Epicenter K for customs issues Volodymyr Pidrushniak said. The facility is located on a land parcel of 20 hectares near the Kalynivka customs terminal and the warehouse complex of the Epicenter group. According to the press release of the group, the total area of the plant is 70,000 square meters, and its annual production capacity is 12 million square meters tiles. Some 300 people will be hired.
Epicenter K was created in 2003. The first construction hypermarket of the company was opened in Kyiv in December of the same year.